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Happy Thanksgiving Eve . . .

Happy Thanksgiving



November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving . . .

Today began early for Jan, but lucky me I got to sleep in until 9 am.

She had to get up and put her Squash Casserole in the oven. She had prepared it yesterday, but it needed to cook for about an hour. Everything else was done.

Then a little after 10 we headed out toward Shawna’s, a trip of about 70 miles out to the Katy area. We did a quick detour by Brandi’s to pick up the Honeybaked Ham and the two pumpkin pies we had stored in her fridge there.

We got to Shawna’s beautiful new house a little before noon and the first words we heard were “Where’s the Sausage Balls?”. Just like I said yesterday.

Jan, of course, immediately went for Landon.

Jan with Landon

And here’s Mr. Landon getting the giggles, bouncing on Lowell’s knee.

Landon Laughing with Lowell 1

Landon Laughing with Lowell 2

And here he is surrounded by his many female admirers.

Landon and Friends

As always, the meal was fantastic, with ham, turkey, cornbread dressing, corn casserole, squash casserole, green bean casserole, salad, rolls, and a number of great desserts.

After lunch, some people wandered off to watch the games, some of the kids went upstairs to watch movies in Shawna’s beautiful new theater room with a really big screen, and some people, like me, wandered off to take a nap, after that great meal.

A little after 4 we headed back home to the rig, getting back about 5:30 pm.

I mentioned yesterday about the changes in Direct TV’s Distant Network Service that let’s you get the East Coast and West Coast Network Stations.

Well, after reading about the changes in it,  I checked my Direct TV service and found that I had lost the West Coast feed. I figured I would call them on Friday.

But getting back this evening, I found we had not only lost the West Coast, but now we had lost the East Coast feed, and the Houston local channel spotlight, as well.

It took almost 30 minutes on the phone to get things turned back on, but I still need to call them tomorrow to try and get our West Coast feed turned back on. The guy on the phone had no idea why I had lost the feeds as there was nothing in my records about them being turned off.

More tomorrow…

Thought for the Day:

“Last century over 170 million people were murdered by their own governments, and your government doesn’t want you to have a gun. Doesn’t that bother you just a little bit?”




November 25, 2011

Almost Home . . .

Once again I was up about 9am since we were suppose to move this morning , , , maybe. So about 10 I headed over to the office, with a detour by the site where we supposed to move today.

But as you can see it was still occupied

Galveston Bay 77

So I checked in with the office and they had no news except that the 5er was supposed to leave today.

We’ll see.

Since we couldn’t move yet, about 11 I headed off to see a client. I’m still working my way through all their computers, cleaning and tiding them up, doing updates on the OS and programs, and clean out the gunk.

About 3:30 the RV park called and said we could move anytime as the site was now empty. I told them we’d move tomorrow since I wasn’t at the park and they said no problem.

I headed back to the rig about 4, stopping by the newly vacated site to check out our view-to-be.

Looks pretty good.

Galveston Bay 76

The only downside is that since the site is set up for a 5th wheel, if we want to have our windshield looking out over the bay, (and isn’t that the whole point of parking on the water?) I’ll have to cross-connect the utilities under the rig.

No problem, but I’ll probably have to buy another length of sewer hose.

Jan and I then headed back up to Seabrook to have dinner at Chili’s, with Jan having the Baby Back Ribs, and I had my usual Grilled Chicken Caribbean Salad.

I’ve been eating this salad for years, but in 2008 they discontinued it. And we stopped eating at Chili’s for two years. When we finally went back it was back on the menu. The waitress said they’d had a lot of complaints and requests for it, so I guess our boycott worked.

We’ll probably try to move about 11 tomorrow, but it depends on the weather since we’re supposed to have heavy thunderstorms tomorrow. Just what you want on a moving day.

Thought for the Day;

“Democracies have been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death.” – James Madison




November 25, 2012

Back home again . . .

We left our Lake House Thanksgiving retreat about 8:30, but before we left Marble Falls we wanted to have breakfast at the Blue Bonnet Café.

First opened in 1929, it’s served the likes of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, Ethan Hawke, James Lovell, Lyle Lovett, Texas Governor Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry, Willie Nelson, Darrell Royal, Roger Staubach, and Chuck Woolery.

August company indeed.

We really lucked out getting there when we did, since we got seated immediately. By the time we left, the line was out the door.

Besides their delicious food, especially breakfast, they’re also well-known for their pies.

Blue Bonnet Cafe Pie

So yes, there’s about 9 inches of meringue on that pie.

After saying our goodbyes with Lowell and Brandi, and getting our Nana and Papa hugs from Landon, we all headed back home.

Our first stop was at our favorite Buc-ee’s on I-10 at Luling. Landon had enjoyed playing with some marbles in a game left at the lake house, so Jan got him a set while we were there.

After a second stop at the Flying J in Brookshire, we got back to the rig about 3pm and found that Laura Lee had done a great job taking care of Mister and Emma.

Tomorrow it’s back to the grind with clients and chores.

Thought for the Day:

“Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.” — Herbert Henry Asquith




November 25, 2013

I Hear Bells . . .

or at least I think I do  Every time I start to fall asleep, I keep thinking I’m hearing the ding,ding of the driveway bell on the gate. Same thing happened last year, too. And also just like last year, we both find ourselves looking at car tags to see if we recognize them. It’ll pass.

Well, if we thought the weather was bad last night, all we had to do was wait for today. It got colder and wetter. And of course I had to wait until this morning to hook up water and sewer. Doing it this morning meant  I had to get down on my hands and knees in the cold water so I could run the hoses under the rig to the pedestal on the wrong side.


But the first thing I did after getting up was to start checking on rental cars since I’m going to have to have the truck towed into the shop. And I quickly ran into a problem.

There are pretty much no cars to be had, especially from Enterprise, the ‘we’ll pick you up’ people, which is what I need. Apparently everyone rents cars to travel for Thanksgiving. Although this year it was worse because of the bad weather. They’re supposed to be bringing in more vehicles tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll luck up.

I also talked to Brock’s Automotive, the car repair shop I’ve used for years. Turns out my Dodge Dakota doesn’t have conventional front wheel bearings. Instead it has an integrated hub-bearing assembly like this.

Dodge Dakota Hub Bearing Assembly

If I I had a 2WD, it would be a quick and simple repair. Just remove the tire/wheel and then remove the 3 bolts, and then remove the old hub and reinstall the new one.

Unfortunately the 4WD repair is a little more involved.

About noon I walked up to the office to pay for the month and also get the park WiFi code. They have a very good system here with good coverage, and excellent speed. Here’s the SpeedTest results from earlier this evening.

SpeedTest - GBRV

During the day when the load is lighter, I’ve seen 20Mbps download speed. Very nice

Although it was overcast and rainy all day, we still got to enjoy the view out our windshield.

Galveston Bay View Site 77 2013

Galveston Bay View Site 77 2013a

Galveston Bay View Site 77 2013b

One of many reasons why we like this park so much.

Thought for the Day:

“Nothing needs reforming nearly as much as other people’s habits.” – Mark Twain




November 25, 2015

Just Puttering . . .

Today ended up being a nice ‘just putter around the rig’ day.

After coffee in our repaired Mr. Coffee (it’s still working fine) and a couple of slices of pumpkin bread, I started going through some bins looking for a couple of things I need for projects.

Once we move over to Colorado River TT in a couple of weeks, I’ve got a extended plumbing project planned. And since I’ll have the water shut off for a while, I’ll send Jan off to stay with Brandi, Lowell, and Landon for a day or so.

First I want to replace the flush ball mechanism in our Sealand Traveler toilet. Since while we were on the gate, we’ve actually been flushing it with a pair of locking pliers. The plastic shaft finally rounded off and the spring cartridge and the foot pedal would no longer flush it.

And while I’ve got it apart, I want to replace the seal kit, and that’s one of the things I’m looking for in the bins. I bought a seal kit a while back as a spare, but so far it isn’t where I thought it should be, so today I’ll be looking in places it’s not supposed to be.

My second project is to replace the lavatory faucet. I’ve got all the parts, so it’s just a matter of taking care of it when the water is off.

But the last one is probably going to be the tricky one. For a while now we’ve had a small leak in our shower, apparently at the back of the shower faucet itself. I’m assuming it’s on the input side to the faucet since it seems to leak whether we actually use the shower or not.

The real complication is that fact that there’s no access panel to the rear of the faucet from the bedroom. There’s supposed to be one. American Coach said so.

When I called them, they said the access panel was right behind the mirror on that wall. I said there wasn’t a mirror on that wall, and there wasn’t any access panel, either.

Their answer to this, “Well,there should be.”

Thanks for your help.

So this means I’m going to have to cut my own access panel, and then come up with some sort of cover for the hole. Presently we have a large picture hung there, but right now it’s hung too high to cover the area where the hole will have to be, and it wouldn’t look right if we hung it lower.

But the important thing is to first fix the leak.

Next chore was to install my new vehicle tags. My present ones run out the end of November so I wanted to get them on before I forget about them. Normally I just get the stickers, but my tags are 8 years old, and are getting pretty beat up, especially the one on the front of the rig which is mounted down fairly low. So this year I paid the extra $10 each and got new tags, and of course new numbers.

Another thing on my list was to install some cable clamps in my electrical bay. Unlike newer rigs that control the engine block heater with a switch, mine has to be plugged in. And it seems like the cord is always hidden away behind the coils of my shore power cord.

So I installed some cable clamps to hold the block heater cord up out of the way.

Block Heater Plug

Sometimes the easy chores are good too.

About 4 Jan and I went into Conroe to have dinner at the local Culver’s. While Jan had a burger and fries, I guess I finally burned out on all the Whataburgers we had on the gate, so I went the soup and salad route, with their Cranberry Bacon Bleu Cheese Salad and a cup of  Cheesy Tortilla Soup.

Culver's Salad

I don’t normally care for Bleu Cheese, but the crumbles in this salad add a nice touch of tartness against he sweetness of the cranberries. Very good.

Tomorrow we’ll head down to Chris and Linda’s in Friendswood to have Thanksgiving dinner. With Brandi, Lowell, and Landon in Oklahoma for the week, we debated what to do for Thanksgiving.

No one really wanted to cook, and no one really wanted to fight the crowds at a restaurant, so we compromised and did a little of both. On our way down to Chris’, we’ll stop off at the Conroe Cracker Barrel to pick up  their Thanksgiving To-Go meal for six.

It comes Turkey and Dressing, Ham, Three Quarts of Sides (for us it was Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans, and Mac & Cheese), Cranberry Relish, Biscuits, and Corn Muffins.

Linda has fixed some of her delicious Cranberry Salad and a Pumpkin Pie, and we’re also bringing a homemade Coconut Cream Pie from yesterday’s visit to the Fish Pond Restaurant.

So no crowds and easy cleanup.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thought for the Day:

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle




November 25, 2016

Black Friday . . . NOT!

Thanksgiving morning, our ‘Up at 6 and on the road by 7’ turned out to be more like ‘Up at 6:30 and on the road by by 7:40’. But finally we were headed for the Cuero McDonald’s for breakfast about 40 miles away.

Then our next stop was the Valero in Schulenburg another 45 miles for a potty break right before we got on I-10E for the 90 mile run to Brandi’s. One thing that makes these trips like a lot nicer . . .  and faster, is that Texas doesn’t fool around with wimpy speed limits.

With 75 mph on regular Interstates, and up to 85 mph on others, they don’t mess around on other roads either. Most rural two lane roads are 70, or 65 mph at the slowest, which made the trip a lot more fun.

And though you would think these higher speed limits, pretty much the fastest in the nation, would lead to more high deaths, that’s not true. Texas is pretty much in the middle, 23 from the top, in per capita deaths.

So in this case Speed Doesn’t Kill.

Right before we got to Brandi’s we stopped for a few last minute items at the nearby Krogers, including several bags of our favorite coffees. Since there’s no Krogers anywhere near us here, we stock up when we can.

When we got to Brandi’s about 11:15 she had things well in hand. She already had the house decorated for Christmas and it really looked great.

Thanksgiving 2016 - Decorations 1

Thanksgiving 2016 - Decorations 2

Thanksgiving 2016 - Decorations 3

Later, Brand’s friends, Eric, Chantelle, and Max showed up. Eric brought his turkey fryer and got it set up on the patio.

Thanksgiving 2016 - Turkey Fryer

Over the next several hours, he did two large chickens and then a turkey. One of the chickens had been injected with Jalapeno Butter, and other one with Garlic Butter. The turkey however was more traditional, and just injected with butter.

Thanksgiving 2016 - Turkey

All three were delicious, moist and juicy inside, especially the Jalapeno Butter one.

As the afternoon progressed more and more friends showed up and the food started being laid out. Unfortunately, our son and his family all had to work. Chris with his Haz-Mat job for GE, Linda who manages a CVS, and our granddaughter Piper who pulled a double in the hospital ER in Galveston.

Then friends, Doug and Christi showed up, along with Christi’s brother and parents.

Thanksgiving 2016 - Group

The girls took over the kitchen as dinner got closer.

Thanksgiving 2016 - Girls at Work

Thanksgiving 2016 - Food 1

Thanksgiving Meal Table 3

As is usually at these things, everyone ate until they were stuffed and then some, ending up with a lot of sleepy people sitting around.

Jan and I finally headed home about 20 to 7 and arrived back at the rig at 20 to 10, good time for the 160 miles with a couple of potty stops.

Today was just a stay home day, eating leftovers and staying as far away from Black Friday shopping as possible, although I did buy something on Amazon.

That was close enough.

Thought for the Day:

“It’s not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on.” ― Marilyn Monroe




November 25, 2017

Great Friends and Good Food . . .

Janice and Dave Evans invited us over for lunch today, so we walked over about 11:45 for a great meal of Red Beans and Rice, and Jalapeno Cornbread with brownies for dessert.

We also got to meet their son John, as well as Dave’s brother John, and his wife Lisa, Then later their friend’s Joe and Joanna, so a big, fun group.

We stayed for several hours before coming home, after setting up a rendezvous for later this afternoon.

We met Janice and Dave down at Pho 20 about 4:30  and were greeted by our favorite waitress, Mariah. (Named for the singer, not the wind. We asked.)

Everyone got something new, except me. Of course since Janice and Dave hadn’t been here before, it was all new to them.

Dave got the General Tso’s Chicken,

Pho 20 General Tso's Chicken

while Janice got the Chicken Pho.

Pho 20 Chicken Pho

Both Janice and Dave said it was really good.

This time my Jan went with the Orange Chicken,

Pho 20 Orange Chicken

while I stayed put with my Jalapeno Chicken.

Pho 20 Jalapeno Chicken 2

As with our other visits, Jan and I started off splitting the House Crunch Salad with Miso Dressing. Really good. Going to have to get some of this dressing.

Tomorrow looks to be another quiet day around the rig, with not a lot going on.

So nice.

The Word of the Day is:  Mucilaginous

Thought for the Day:

To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature Congressman. – Mark Twain